Bethel Mennonite Church (Elora, Ontario, Canada)

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Bethel Mennonite Church, September 2009

The Bethel Mennonite congregation was formally organized on 12 December 1947 with 26 members. The church was formerly owned by the United Church of Canada. The first pastor was Newton Gingrich, who was ordained 19 June 1949. The first deacon, Henry F. Martin, was ordained 5 September 1948. The first building was occupied in 1948. Reuben Dettweiler was the founding bishop of the congregation. The congregation originated through outreach of the Elmira and Floradale Mennonite churches.


Gospel Herald (6 January 1948): 12; (20 April 1948): 379.

Mennonite Reporter (29 May 1989): 12.

Church records at Mennonite Archives of Ontario include unpublished 2 page history; "Mennonites buy Pilkington United Church," (undated newspaper article) MAO; Mennonites in Canada collection "MC(1830-Moorefield)."

Weber, Linda. "A Brief History of Bethel, Berea, Moorefield, Glen Allan, and Listowel," Research paper, CGC, 1971, 37 pp.

Additional Information

Address: 6772 Eighth Line West, R.R. #1, Elora, Ontario

Phone: 519-846-0180

Website: Bethel Mennonite Church

Denominational Affiliations:

Mennonite Church Eastern Canada

Mennonite Church Canada

= Bethel Mennonite Church Pastors

Newton Gingrich 1949-1960
Ray Erb 1960-1971
Simeon Hurst 1972-1977
Gerry Vandeworp 1977-1983
Amsey Martin 1983-1987
Art Byer 1987-1995
Darryl Jantzi 1995-2000
James Cober
Art Byer
Steve Brnjas 2003-2009
Linda Brnjas 2003-2012
Maurice Martin
Dave Tiessen 2014-present

Bethel Mennonite Church Membership

Year Members
1950 53
1965 104
1975 214
1985 247
1995 175
2000 178
2006 126
2015 126
2020 71


Map:Bethel Mennonite Church (Elora, Ontario)

Author(s) Reuben Dettweiler
Marlene Epp
Date Published January 1989

Cite This Article

MLA style

Dettweiler, Reuben and Marlene Epp. "Bethel Mennonite Church (Elora, Ontario, Canada)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. January 1989. Web. 27 Jul 2021.,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=171633.

APA style

Dettweiler, Reuben and Marlene Epp. (January 1989). Bethel Mennonite Church (Elora, Ontario, Canada). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 27 July 2021, from,_Ontario,_Canada)&oldid=171633.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 311. All rights reserved.

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